Backpack - Mazama Ridge (Mount Rainier)


Backpack - Mazama Ridge (Mount Rainier)

A snowshoe backpack from Narada Falls to the Stevens Canyon Road, the Paradise Valley Road, and then by trail to Inspiration Saddle, and continue through the trees up Mazama Ridge to a nice campsite.

  • Sat, Apr 13, 2024 — Sun, Apr 14, 2024
  • Olympia Snowshoe Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Basic
  • Adults
  • Moderate, M1 Intremediate Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,700 ft
  • Pace: 1 mph

Meet at Longmire at 8:30, where we'll await the gate opening. We can carpool to Narada Falls from there. A park entrance fee (or pass) is required for all vehicles entering the park. In addition, the camping permit carries an $8 per person fee.

This is a moderate snowshoe, with up to 1200’ of gain over 2-2.5 miles. It offers some opportunity for route-finding. Our route has no significant avalanche terrain, as the only slopes with avalanche potential will be below us. Bring a tent as a snow cave is likely impractical here. A map of the area and the route is available here:

When requesting permission to register, please tell me about your snowshoe and winter camping experience and gear (shelter, sleep system, cooking system, and clothing) you’ll bring in order to stay safe.

Hard-sided containers for food are required. We’ll carry out all of our waste, so bring a system for that (blue bag, WAG bag, or homemade). Also, bring a shovel for preparing your tent site and building a communal kitchen.

I've hiked on Mazama Ridge annually in recent years and camped there last winter and it is an awesome place to winter camp. There are many options for campsites and the prospect of fine views.


Mazama Ridge (Mount Rainier)

  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Snowshoes and poles
  • Tent - Four or solid three-season design
  • Shovel
  • Stove with a pot large enough to melt snow
  • Fuel - *at least* double what you'd bring in summer, to melt snow
  • Sleeping bag - winter weight
  • Sleeping pad - inflatable and insulated
  • Stuff sack and cord for hanging food
  • Toilet paper and means to carry out your solid waste
  • Lots of warm clothes
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